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Percent of public school teachers who spent any of their own money on classroom supplies without reimbursement during the 2014–15 school year and among those teachers, mean amount spent and percentage distribution, by selected school characteristics: 2015–16

Selected school and teacher characteristic   Percent of teachers who spent their own money   Average amount spent among teachers who spent their own money   Median amount spent among teachers who spent their own money     Percent of teachers who spent their own money
$250 or less   $251–$500   $501–$750   $751–$1000   More than $1000
All public schools   94.0   $479   $297     43.9   36.0   5.1   7.7   7.3
                                   
School classification                                  
Traditional public   94.4   480   297     43.7   36.2   5.1   7.7   7.3
Charter school   88.0   460   296     48.1   32.2   5.2   7.8   6.7
                                   
Community type                                  
City   93.7   526   297     40.6   36.7   5.5   8.6   8.7
Suburban   94.5   468   297     45.4   34.8   5.1   7.5   7.2
Town   93.5   445   294     44.7   38.6   4.4   6.6   5.7
Rural   93.7   442   296     46.0   36.1   4.6   7.2   6.2
                                   
Instructional level                                  
Elementary   95.4   526   299     38.5   37.6   5.8   9.5   8.5
Secondary   92.6   430   286     49.6   34.4   4.3   5.7   6.0
                                   
Percent of K–12 students who were approved for free or reduced–price lunches                                  
0–34   94.0   434   295     48.9   33.8   4.6   6.5   6.3
35–49   94.4   454   291     45.1   36.9   4.5   7.0   6.5
50–74   94.3   477   296     42.9   37.0   5.2   7.7   7.2
75 or more   94.5   554   300     37.2   38.1   6.0   9.4   9.3
School did not participate in free or reduced-price lunch program   86.1   404   243     54.3   30.8   4.0   6.5   4.4
NOTE: Interpret data on city teachers with caution. After nonresponse adjustments, the nonresponse bias for this category is greater than for other characteristics.Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2015–16.